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The Education Show

Education Show 2015: Until next year…!

The UK’s leading training and resources event, The Education Show returned to the NEC Birmingham from 19 to 21 March to educate and inspire once again. With more than 300 exhibitors showcasing their latest products and services, three dedicated seminar theatres with a line-up of inspiring speakers and a brand new ‘Learning through Technology’ zone, there was something for everyone. In true Education Show fashion, this year

promised a jam-packed programme of invaluable free continuing professional development (CPD) from the sector’s experts and that is exactly what was delivered!

Seminar highlights Keynote speeches were delivered by the likes of Jenny Smith, headteacher at Frederick Bremer School, who presented a talk on ‘Educating the East End – why would anyone be a headteacher?’ following her appearance on Channel 4’s, ‘Educating the East End’. Jenny took to the stage in the School Leaders’ Summit on Thursday 19 March to kick off the show with an inspiring delivery. Also joining the line-up of keynote speakers was Alan Watkinson, partnership director at Sport Impact and Mo Farah’s former PE teacher, as well as Professor Guy Claxton, author of ‘Building Learning Power’ and ‘What’s the Point of School?’. Another session which proved to be a popular

choice for many educators was Pie Corbett’s talk in the Literacy, Numeracy and Assessment theatre on Saturday 21 March. Pie focused on how to develop children’s ability to critically appreciate and deepen understanding of what they read, through response and comprehension. On the final day of the show, Saturday 21

Jenny Smith

March, Olympic gold medalist, Lizzy Yarnold MBE took to the ‘How Do I…’ stage alongside Sophie Powell, executive headteacher and Tom Wates, ex-teacher and founder of Don't Lean Back Ltd, to present a session titled ‘Failure to Success in 12 Weeks - Transforming Schools’. The session was based on Sophie Powell's successes within two inner London schools, demonstrating how she transformed the learning environment in both schools, significantly improving learning and achievement as a result. Tom Wates was Lizzy's PE teacher and now works with executive


headteachers, including Sophie, to design and implement these education environments.

New features The 'Learning through Technology' zone was brand new for 2015 and was designed to provide a dedicated space for visitors with a specific interest in technology. The new feature was home to a number of suppliers showcasing technology-focused products and services including CBiS’ mind-controlled robotics pack and Partake AR’s augmented reality app for the iPad. For schools looking to invest in tablets, the

Education Show teamed up with The Tablet Academy to provide the ‘Tablet Advice Hub’; a place to go for free impartial advice on the best solutions for schools, from a team of teachers with experience of embedding mobile devices in the classroom. Whether a school is looking to go down the 1:1 route, or is considering a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme, the Tablet Academy was on hand to offer best practice advice and guidance.

New products and services! Cornerstones Education launched an essential guide to carrying out more than one hundred scientific investigations in the classroom is being launched at this year’s show. The ‘Love to Investigate’ package is made up of

126 hands-on scientific investigations and has been written and tested by Cornerstones’ primary school science expert, Dr Fran Barnes. Love to Investigate has been developed in line with the new Primary Science Curriculum and gives

April 2015

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